In another exciting season on baseball diamonds across the area, there were many standout performances.
This year’s The Facts Southern Brazoria All-County first team features players from four different schools, six of whom were seniors and three were underclassmen.
Representing the first team were seniors Wes Folse, catcher from Sweeny; Christian Guevara, second baseman from Brazosport; Gavin Baird, shortstop from Angleton; Blake Benavides, outfielder from Sweeny; Quinton Martin, outfielder from Sweeny; and Tanner Davis, outfielder from Angleton.
The three underclassmen on the first team were Brazosport pitcher Tanner Quick, Angleton first baseman Noah Crowell and Brazoswood third baseman Josh Alesna.
Steady behind the plate all season, Folse kept opposing base runners from stealing and didn’t let many balls get past him.
“I like to make sure I can help my pitchers out, not let anything get by me. I really take a lot of pride in how I block the baseball and keep the ball in front of me. That is one of my biggest things, just helping my pitchers out, blocking baseballs, framing strikes.”
He had 279 putouts in 282 changes, making only three errors all season for a .989 fielding position. At the plate, he batted .333 with seven doubles, two home runs and 14 RBIs
“I feel like I did really good,” Folse said. “I had a lot of achievements I wanted to achieve and one of them was to get back to where we were. I hit the ball really well but I wouldn’t have had all those runs scored if it wasn’t for the guys in front of me who got on.”
Folse will continue his baseball career at Sam Houston State University.
“I am really excited for that,” Folse said.
Brazosport got off to a slow start, but ended up making the playoffs after a 4-4 run through district play. The offensive play of Guevara was a big part of their success.
“We started off rough at the beginning and then toward the end we took it up a notch and started winning games. I think when we won that first game, we realized we weren’t as bad as we thought we were and we started playing as a team. That is when it started going good.”
Guevara batted .440, with 37 hits, 10 doubles and 10 RBIs.
“I feel like I did pretty good,” Guevara said. “I could have done better. I had a few too many errors, but in the batting box I did really good.”
He said one thing he will remember from the season is being a leader for the first time.
“It was a good experience for me,” he said.
Guevara will continue his baseball career at Blinn Junior College in Brenham.
Baird was nearly impossible to get out for the Wildcats as he turned in one of the top batting averages in the district in leading Angleton to a district championship and a first-round playoff victory.
“I am really happy with the way our season went,” Baird said. “We won a district championship and we achieved a lot of our goals we set out for. I feel like we really came together as a team this year and took our program to the next level.”
Baird batted .500 with a .593 on-base percentage. He had nine doubles, five triples, 27 RBIs and 34 runs scored. He struck out only five times all season.
“I feel like I had a great season, but I am just thankful that I have great parents and a great support system that really helped me out to get where I needed to be this season. I feel like the numbers were there and I feel like I can improve and get better in college.”
Baird will continue his baseball career at Cisco Junior College.
“I am really blessed and the thanks go to God and my parents and everyone who has put in a lot of work into me and trust and faith in me,” Baird said.
Another vital component to the Bulldogs’ success was Benavides, whose consistent performance at the plate helped guide Sweeny back to Austin this season.
Benavides batted .299 with nine doubles, three triples and 26 RBIs. He had a .485 slugging percentage and a .489 on-base percentage to go along with a .955 fielding percentage on defense.
He will join Folse at Sam Houston State next year, playing for the Bearkats.
From his outfield position and a little time on the mound, Martin was a key part both offensively and defensively to the Bulldogs’ second straight state tournament appearance.
“It went really good,” Martin said. “It’s not the way we wanted it to end, but it was a great season and a great way to go out with my brothers.”
Despite breaking his wrist early in the season, Martin batted .293 with 27 hits, 10 doubles, five home runs and 28 RBIs with a .587 slugging percentage.
“I feel like I played well in the playoffs,” Martin said. “I didn’t play too well in the regular season. It took me a while to get going. In the playoffs, I picked it up and helped lead the team to state.”
Martin will continue his baseball career at Rice University.
“I am looking forward to going out there and just competing at the next level and seeing what it is all about.”
Davis also was a big contributor to the Wildcats’ district championship season as he was also one of the team’s offensive leaders.
“I thought our season was pretty good,” Davis said. “We accomplished one of the things we wanted to, which was be district champions. We had a pretty successful season. We came together after preseason. We were struggling a little bit and we went down to San Marcos for a couple of games and we get together the second game. That is when everything started to come together.”
Davis batted .324 with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 28 RBIs.
“I felt like I did pretty good,” Davis said. “It was my best season throughout high school. I had five home runs, three of them were in preseason though. I did pretty good for what I thought I could accomplish.”
Davis will continue his baseball career at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Rounding out the first team are pitcher Quick, who had a 4-6 record on the mound with a 2.19 ERA for the Exporters.
He struck out 106 batters in 48 innings. At the plate, he batted .452 with 10 doubles and 20 RBIs.
First baseman Crowell batted .365 with four doubles, two triples and 21 RBIs for the Wildcats. For the Buccaneers, third baseman Alesna batted .271 with two doubles and six RBIs.